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October 9, 2012

The obesity epidemic extends to every member of the family, including pets, according to a veterinary study. The report says that 54 percent of the nation's dogs and cats are overweight or obese. What's more, their owners are in denial about it, according to vets.

The study found that nearly 25 percent of cats and 21 percent of dogs are obese. Just like people, obesity in animals can cause Type 2 diabetes, kidney disease, high blood pressure, and shortened lifespan. Treats were cited as the main problem. However, veterinarians were also called to task for not counseling owners about excess weight on their pets, particularly when it comes to cats.

Tomorrow is National Pet Obesity Awareness Day and to see how your pet stacks up, check out the pet weight translator on the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention.

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